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Go to Options menu and then Configure. There we can choose to use embedded viewer. Below we can see the Embed option activated.
Apparently, the main issue here is that I had used \newframe at the beginning of the animateinline environment. This is wrong since one should only use \newframe to separate frames. Therefore the first frame's content should not be preceded by any \newframe command. When I remove that, both Okular and Evince show the (static) contents of the first frame ...
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